4 Benefits You Gain When You Explain the ‘Why’
May 5, 2016
People are innately curious. Think back to when you were a child and constantly asking “why,” like “why is the sky blue?” or “Why is the grass green?”
4 Tips for Empowering Employees in the Modern Age
December 17, 2015
As I walk down the hallway to get to my office, I read the Tom Peters quote painted in big, bold letters on the wall: “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”
3 Steps to Implementing a Goal-Centric Approach to Employee Engagement
October 13, 2015
Every company wants engaged employees, and most HR executives, if they’re being honest, will admit that they haven’t found the perfect solution yet. Studies show that employee engagement remains a substantial challenge; a 2015 Gallup poll found that a staggering 51 percent of the workforce is not engaged.
Leaders: Walk the Walk to Talk the Talk
August 27, 2015
Google “leadership” and you will find a whopping 464 million results. Videos, blogs, articles, research studies and trainings are all at your disposal, ready to help you become a better leader. However, the best advice I ever received was from my college professor. She said, “If you want people to follow you, you first have to gain their trust and respect.”
Building Leaders Today for a Better Tomorrow
March 23, 2015
I am hard-pressed to make sense of the hesitation organizations have for building stronger leadership pipelines. In a recent Bersin by Deloitte study, organizations cited leadership as one of the most important challenges, yet only 6 percent are confident their organization is “ready” to make a change. Here is where I struggle: If we say leadership development is important, then why aren’t more companies taking initiative? The real answer is that many companies confine leadership to the “exclusive” few, failing to make long-term investments and neglecting to construct a larger leadership pipeline at all levels.
The Secret Behind Building a Great Company
February 17, 2015
Ross Perot, Andy Grove, Kobun Chino Otogowa, Regis McKenna… what do all these names have in common? They were all mentors to Steve Jobs. Jobs knew that having the support of a network of seasoned individuals was instrumental in growing his business. In fact, Otogowa is credited with advising Jobs to start Apple rather than become a Zen monk. Without the advice and support from strong mentors, Apple may have looked very different.
Power: Yours for the Taking
July 9, 2014
Power can be transformative and yet destructive depending on how it is handled. Take Adolf Hitler for example, he used power to control and abuse the lives of innocent human beings – not the type of power you want to see. Then there’s Abraham Lincoln who used his power to bring integrity, respect and honor back to the lives of many who were living as slaves - an honorable achievement.
Job Fulfillment – Not Work-life Balance
June 25, 2014
Bottom line: We need to redefine how we think about work. Work-life balance presumes that work is a burden, when it doesn’t have to be. The problem is not what we are trying to accomplish with “work-life balance,” but in how we address it. Instead of work-life balance, why not focus on job fulfillment? Doesn’t that already sound better?
Leaving a Legacy: How HR Can Retain Those Looking to Retire
May 28, 2014
It’s always tough to lose a good employee especially when it’s a member of your executive leadership team. However, over the next five years losing top talent will become nearly impossible to avoid as 20 percent or more of senior leaders will be eligible for retirement. So how do businesses move forward and what can be done to hang on to these valuable employees, even if it’s only for a little while longer?
Are You A-OK with BYOD?
April 24, 2014
In growing numbers, businesses are experimenting with the concept of allowing their employees to use their own mobile devices (laptops, cellphones and tablets) at work, for work. Since 2007, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) craze has seen an increase in popularity because it reduces employer costs while increasing productivity by giving employees added flexibility, both personally and professionally.
Are You a 360 Degree Leader?
February 25, 2014
What does it mean to be a leader? And can anyone be a leader? These are questions I’ve been asked a lot in school, interviews and workshops but until now I didn’t really have a definite answer. Leadership is a complex trait and it’s far more than “guiding a group of people.”
Three Leadership Traits Sharp HR People Possess
April 8, 2013
Tips for the aspiring HR professional. By Jenny Stepp HR professionals have a lot on their plates these days, now more than ever. There are the usual day-to-day activities and a lot of fly by the seat of your pants duties that come up daily, if not hourly. What are the three key components that […]
3 Steps to Fostering a Culture Your Employees Will Boast About
April 29, 2016
I’m here to let you in on a little secret: If you want an environment in which employees serve and love your customers, you have to serve and love your employees first.
5 Things Executives of Learning Organizations Know
November 11, 2015
The concept of the learning organization has flourished since Peter M. Senge’s The Fifth Discipline hit the business world in 1990.
Reaching Champion Status: 3 Leadership Lessons from Coach Urban Meyer
September 11, 2015
At the collegiate level, there are a lot of really good players, but every once in a while, a coach snags a great one. In the case of Urban Meyer, the Ohio State head football coach, he found himself in a unique situation with two strong, experienced leaders going head-to-head for the top quarterback spot.
3 Ways to Build Your Own Leadership Position
June 1, 2015
Today’s workforce is saturated with commentary of how to be a good leader, but nobody gives you a road map showcasing what it takes to become that leader. With a 2014 Bersin by Deloitte survey revealing that leadership is the highest-priority issue businesses face, it’s important to know what it takes to become the leader you want to be.
Innovation: It’s Not Too Late to Get It Right
March 4, 2015
I find myself having a love-hate relationship with New Year’s resolutions. Was I not good enough in 2014? Then I remember, each year is a blank, 365-page book, and we have the opportunity to rewrite our own story. It is a chance to restart and redefine who we are as people, as leaders and as businesses. A wise man once said, “I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth, then I ask myself the same question.”
Get 7-Times Greater Results with These 5 Leadership Traits
January 29, 2015
With each passing day, technology advances, allowing us to not only do more, but do so faster and easier. To keep up with that quickened pace, businesses must tap into their most visionary people, which is why developing leaders of your workforce is so crucial.
Don’t Worry, Be Positive
July 2, 2014
A simple smile, an act of gratitude and supporting others all go a long way in the workplace. In fact, these attributes help to build an atmosphere of positivity. The human mind is the most powerful tool in the world; within this device lives an arena of positive and negative thoughts battling for control of your psyche. Each mindset is contagious, so which would you rather have ruling your office? My bet is on positivity, because with it, your team has more potential to accomplish its goals, develop resiliency and improve psychological prosperity.
The Butterfly Effect: Everything You Do Matters
June 16, 2014
Do you know that everything you do matters? Every move you make and every action you take matters, not only to you but to everyone that’s part of your life and organization today, tomorrow and even after you’re gone. Think about it for a while. Say someone creates a new accounting process, eliminating two tedious steps, essentially streamlining how your business operates moving forward. Wow, what an impact that would have on any business. See one single action can have a resounding impact on your company for years to come; this is known as the Butterfly Effect.
Passing the Baton: From Baby Boomers to Generation X
May 22, 2014
For years now, members of the Baby Boomer generation have been running operations at major corporate entities, but recent data suggests that the workforce is changing and so too is its leadership. According to a recent Gallup poll, 31 percent of today’s workforce is approaching or reaching 61 years of age – the average age of retirement – or 65 – the traditional retirement age. With impending retirement threatening the frontlines, businesses need to prepare for new leadership to take reign. Enter Generation X.
Are You Settling for “Good Enough?”
March 26, 2014
Great leaders don’t become great overnight, rather, there is a constant need to improve. Although luck may play a part, it certainly isn’t the sole reason your top performers are moving into senior management positions. What sets them apart? Desire. Great leaders know that “getting comfortable” is unacceptable. They’re always looking for ways to improve, to learn and to excel, no matter what their job.
Building Champions in the Workplace
January 31, 2014
Being the best in a NFL is a tough feat, because a lot of “greats” exist in the league. Players work their entire careers trying to be faster, stronger and better-equipped than their competition. When entire teams play with the same inherent motivation, winners are made and championships are secured.
4 Ways to Build Employee Confidence and Increase Engagement
January 26, 2016
Employee engagement is a highly-talked-about topic. Everyone has their own ideas about what works. But whatever you think about employee engagement, you should know that confidence is...
5 Things Managers Should Say More Often
November 4, 2015
Do you know what your employees really want? One survey reveals discrepancies in what managers think employees want and what workers actually do.
5 Essential Tools to Expand Your Influence
September 2, 2015
At the beginning of the year, Stacey Pezold, Paycom’s COO, encouraged us all to innovate. In addition to having an idea, she said that, in order to innovate, you have to: get your mind in the right place, which is intent, and ensure your heart is ready and open for change, which is inspiration.
Get Your Gears Going, It’s Time to Stand Out
April 21, 2015
Have you ever not gotten a promotion and wondered what you could have done differently or what the person who received the promotion had that you didn’t? More than likely, they stood out among the crowd because they exceeded expectations on a daily basis and always gave a little extra. If you continually show commitment to go above and beyond your job description, the impact is significant.
4 Significant Steps to Make the Most of Your Mentorship Program
February 18, 2015
You've made up your mind to start a mentorship program at work, the research is clear and the boss approves … now what?
4 Entrepreneurial Lessons from MLK
January 19, 2015
As we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., let us all take a moment to remember the great leader that he was. Like today’s entrepreneurs, King was a visionary, but his achievements didn’t come easy. In fact, they came at a cost, yet he persevered and never backed down. King is a role model for so many, but entrepreneurs in particular can take note of these four valuable lessons he taught us:
Company Engagement in Bulk
June 27, 2014
Sustainable engagement is an ongoing process. You may be thinking, “Well, of course it is, so what’s your point?” Although the concept may seem obvious, it is something with which businesses constantly struggle. Engagement is a continuous process, not a one-and-done kind of initiative – a valuable lesson learned from shopping at warehouse retail stores.
How to Jump Start Leadership within Your Organization
May 30, 2014
With Baby Boomers on the brink of retirement, one of the impending issues facing organizations today is the ability to identify leaders. This could be partially blamed on the fact that less than half (48 percent) of UNC’s Leadership Survey respondents reported that their companies have a formal process for developing high-potential employees. Companies looking to accelerate employees to leadership positions should seriously consider developing a formal process.
Preparing for Gen Z
May 16, 2014
A new generation will soon be entering the workforce, specifically referred to as, Gen Z (those born between 1995-2009) or the connected generation; whatever you call them. This group of digital wiz kids is a new breed of employee, never knowing life without high-speed internet, smartphones and unlimited access to media technologies. If you’re down and out trying to manage millennial workers, just wait until Gen Z starts knocking on your door.
Pre-employment Testing: Good or Bad?
February 28, 2014
There is a lot of chatter about pre-employment testing, leaving many organizations asking themselves if there is a benefit to implementing them during the interview process. Should I invest in them? Do you find yourself at this juncture? Well I’m here to debunk any misleading information about them and discuss why, in fact, pre-employment testing can greatly benefit your company.
The Five-Step Plan for Millennial Workers
January 27, 2014
Ready or not, millennials are storming the workforce, most with a hunger to make it to the front lines and quickly. By 2020, they will make up almost half of workers nationwide. While arguably overeager, millennials aren’t a generation to overlook. Rather than dismissing these estimated 80 million Americans for weaknesses real or perceived, employers should consider leveraging their strengths in addition to developing those deficits.